Title: Infinite EntanglementLabel: Blaze Bayley Recordings
Entanglement' is the 8th studio release for Blaze
since his departure from Iron Maiden and the first of a
trilogy of concept albums, as Blaze takes up his love for
Science Fiction, Cosmology and human identity and combined
them in what is without a doubt, the mans best album since 'Silicon
album takes Blaze on a real melodic metal journey beyond the
outer hemisphere with this new opus, as the opener and title
track ‘Infinite Entanglement’ is unleashed, that story
unfolds. A short narrative leads into a full on metal attack
as Blaze unleashes those unmistakable powerhouse vocals, but
he never struggles to reach his potential vocally. The
natural power he has was made for metal with a touch of
baritone in the mix for that power-metal storytelling vibe.
album continues with ‘A Thousand Years’, another rip
snorting slice of Melodic Metal. A big bass and drum presence
carry this one along on a cosmic storm of melody drive
For me a good concept album is one that has a good story, but one which has enough scope that you can take any song away from the album and have it as a stand-alone, and that’s what Blaze has done with this album, as the next track shows to great effect.
an all guns
blazing, heads-down, thunder rock at its very best. You don’t
have to know the story behind the album to enjoy this full
blown Metal anthem. I’ve heard this live and it's just
killer and is pure Blaze at his very best. Far and away one of my
favourite tracks off the album.
darkness and solitude of space is brought to light with the
haunting ‘What Will Come’, as the album brings in some
orchestral strings and acoustic guitars, as Blaze lays down
that superb baritone voice in a semi-narrative lyrical
nature, as he takes up the part of the main protagonist of
the piece William Black.
back to the Metal with the excellent ‘Stars Are Burning’.
This is concept Metal as it should be, power driven lyrics
carrying the listener along for the ride, before the
blistering old school heads down hard rocking of the
stunning ‘Solar Wind’, before returning to the haunting
tones of the narrative ‘The Dreams Of William Black’.
interlude to the album as the story takes a dark twist, as
this leads into the rocking ‘Calling You Home’.
tempo is picked up with the excellent ‘Dark Energy 256’,
it seems that Blaze has picked up a few story telling
tricks from his Iron Maiden days, as this has that feel about
it, with the layered driven guitar sound.
mood and tempo switches, as all good concept albums do, with
another haunting semi-narrative on the wonderful
‘Independence’. A slow burner that just builds and builds
into a real master-class of power driven hard rock.
same building of a track is present of ‘A Work of Anger’,
before the short album closer ‘Shall We Begin’, that acts
as the epilogue to the album and lays down the roots for
the second album in the trilogy, leaving the listener
wanting more, just like a good movie.
Like I said this is without a doubt Blazes finest album in years. He has taken something he is passionate about and spun into a story and like all good stories, it has three parts. This is just the beginning, I for one can't wait to hear the middle and the end!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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